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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

NASA Downsizing Plans For Space Station

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(Red Nova) A centrifuge laboratory to study the effects of gravity on animals won't be added, NASA Assistant Associate Administrator Mark Uhran said Monday. Another laboratory and a compartment that would have held life-support equipment are also "at higher risk" of being left on the ground, he said.

This is perhaps a wise move by NASA, as they are reorganizing themselves in order to be more equipped the next lunar landing. Cutting these future projects had more to do with the retirement of the Space Shuttles than expenses, as they are the only craft large enough to transport these labs into space, as Russia's craft are only large enough to transport food.

(Red Nova) NASA wants to retire the shuttle to save money to help pay for the plan to send humans to the moon in 2018.

Uhran said the shuttle will make no more than 19 flights between now and its retirement: 18 to the station and one to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. Earlier this year, NASA said it needed 28 shuttle missions to build and stock the station.

Apparently NASA has done the math and it looks as if the Space Station will be taking a back seat towards lunar colonization. Although more trips are scheduled towards the station, with the fleet retiring in five years it seems as if Russia will probably be playing a more active role in the future as they have a greater vested interest than their American comrades.

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